Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
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Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Monday 6 July 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 24/06/20 - Summer Solstice

A wee bit behind with reports.

Here is a super catch we had at Bramfield Woods back on the 24th of June. A nice round 200 species were recorded in 4 hours over 6 traps run from around 10:30pm.

Of course it was the longest day, and even approaching 11pm it was still light!

Some good species were observed.. Singles of Argyresthia pygmaeella, Pandemis cinnamomeana, Kent Black Arches and loads of Minor Shoulder-knots were my highlights.

Best moth was a site first Schoenobius gigantella, a wetland speciality typically, it must have been blown in on the South-westerly winds that we were experiencing.

Also, the amount of Tortrix moths was rather overwhelming to say the least, and made it hard to pick out anything new as the night progressed! Lovely to see that they've had a good year, unlike the Noctuids.

All in all a cracking good catch.

Below are the results.

Catch Report - 24/06/20 - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 6 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 2x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x LED Battery Trap &P 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

109 Macro species & 91 Micro species - 200 species in total

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Black Arches
Black Arches
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bordered White
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Brown Scallop
Brown Silver-line
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Clay Triple-lines
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Rustic
Common Swift
Common White Wave
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Garden Carpet
Ghost Moth
Great Oak Beauty
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Green Silver Lines
Grey Arches
Grey Pug
Grey-pine Carpet
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Leopard Moth
Light Arches
Light Brocade
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lobster Moth
Maidens Blush
Maple Prominent
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Minor Shoulder-knot
Mottled Beauty
Pale Oak Beauty
Peach Blossom
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Red-necked Footman
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Satin Beauty
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver-lines
Short-cloaked Moth
Single-dotted Wave
Small Angle Shades
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny Marbled Minor
Tawny-barred Angle
V Pug
White Ermine
White Satin
Wormwood Pug
Yellow Shell
Yellow tail

Micro Moths

Accentria empherella
Acleris kochiella
Acleris notana
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania coronata
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis achatana
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis capreana
Apotomis turbidana
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia conjugella
Argyresthia curvella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniella
Argyresthia pygmaeella
Batia lunaris
Caloptilia betulicola
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilliana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis nana
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia fagiglandana
Ditula angustiorana
Eana incanana
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista gleichenella
Elachista poae
Elegia similella
Emmetia marginea
Epagoge grotiana
Ephestia sp
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia cruciana
Epinotia cruciana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia signatana
Epinotia sobocellana
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitella
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Metzneria lappella
Mompha ochraceella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nemapogon koenigi
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis cinnamomeana
Parachronistis albiceps
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Phyllonorycter messaniella
Phylloporia bistrigella
Plutella xylostella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta purpuralis
Schoenobius gigantella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scopria basistrigalis
Spilonota laricana
Spilonota ocellana
Strophedra nitidana
Strophedra weirana
Sycopacma sp
Teleiodes luculella
Teleiodes vulgella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Udea prunalis
Ypsolpha ustella
Zeiraphera isertana

Actinic Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Tortrix overload!

Argyresthia pygmaeella

Epagoge grotiana

Hedya salicella

Kent Black Arches

Limnaecia phragmitella

Minor Shoulder-knot

Pandemis cinnamomeana

Schoenobius gigantella

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